Aespa recently did a pictorial for Allure Magazine Korea‘s May magazine issue where they showed off their gorgeous natural charms.
All of the members looked ethereal in the very natural styling.
And understandably, fans are very excited to see the entire shoot when the magazine is released.
But alongside the magazine pictorial, aespa also did an interview with Allure Korea where they answered questions like whether the older or younger members have better chemistry…
… And what covers they might want to perform in the future.
But one notable question they were asked was about what might be coming in the future of aespa’s part in the SMCU (SM Culture Universe).
The SMCU is part of SM Entertainment‘s goal of establishing a story world that its artists can explore through music and music videos.
SuperM and NCT2020 both helped establish the creation of the SMCU, teasing concepts like “KWANGYA” and “KOSMOS.”
Then, aespa truly gave fans insight into the story world through their music videos “Black Mamba,” “Next Level,” and “Savage.”
Although Super Junior’s Eunhyuk has joked in the past that the story world is confusing and, at first, he thought the SMCU was referencing a new convenience store SM was creating…
We didn’t know what SM ‘CU’ was. I thought it was a convenience store! i thought, ‘Is SM making a convenience store?’
-Super Junior’s Eunhyuk
Fans have worked hard to start to understand the complex storyline.
when black mamba is the real hero and she’s trying to stop aes from connecting to aespa because naevis is the real evil one>>>>
— praise (@datshotaeri) April 15, 2022
Essentially, the key part of the storyline focuses on aespa’s connections with their Ae (alter-ego), which are the members’ virtual avatars that have even performed with aespa on stage.
the ÆSPA members interacting with their own Æ, we could say that this is an extraordinary performance. so please give ÆSPA a lot of love & support so we could give another marvelous performance in the future pic.twitter.com/vTv9iS8orJ
— Irish. (@kebosen) December 11, 2020
Fans have deduced that, from their debut, aespa has been fighting the villain of the SMCU, the “Black Mamba,” that may be looking to separate aespa and their Aes.
Fans suggest that in the “Black Mamba” music video, aespa had their first confrontation with the villain.
Their second music video, “Next Level,” depicted the members becoming stronger to truly defeat the villain.
And their most recent music video in the SMCU, “Savage,” shows how since aespa initially weakened the villain in “Black Mamba,” they have confidence in their ability to ultimately defeat it.
And now, aespa has given fans a very direct hint about how the storyline may unfold in aespa’s future music videos.
Without hesitation, Karina shares that the continuation of the story is “aespa going to fight against Black Mamba.”
She describes the confrontation as a “real battle.”
Winter shares that she thought they had already defeated the Black Mamba in “Savage” but realized that they hadn’t yet.
NingNing even suggests that the Black Mamba never dies.
But Karina shares that in the upcoming music video, “there will be scenes [where they] fight.”
And aespa encourages fans to “stay tuned” for the future development of the SMCU and their future comebacks.
You can read more about the SMCU here.